Texas

Massage Therapy Advisory Board
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
PO Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: 512-463-6599
Fax: 512-463-9468
Email: advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 12 hours/2 years

Regulation Type: 
State License

Texas COVID-19 State Update for Massage Therapists

There have been many changes in the massage therapy and cosmetology industries and communities in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), including executive orders affecting businesses, emergency rulemaking changing renewal timelines, and distance learning modifying the student experience. ABMP, ASCP, and AHP have summarized below how COVID-19 has impacted the licensing regulations and laws in the state of Texas and encourage you to pay special attention to the CARES Act outlined at the bottom of this email, which addresses financial aid and unemployment benefits. 

Apply For a Seat on the Texas Massage Board

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has announced nine vacancies on the Massage Therapy Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of the Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and TDLR on technical matters relevant to the administration of the Texas massage therapy licensing law. We encourage you to contribute to the massage therapy profession by applying for a seat on the Board.

Texas Massage Regulation to be Transferred to Department of Licensing and Regulation in 2017

Under Texas SB 202, which became law in 2015, regulatory oversight of the Texas massage therapy program will be transferred from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) in late 2017. Several other professional regulation programs are making the transition as well and we anticipate that TDLR will have the required systems in place prior to the transfer of the massage program.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services is now accepting the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB: www.fsmtb.org) as a qualification for licensure.

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On June 17th, Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 2644, which amended the Texas Massage Therapy law. Effective September 1, 2007, candidates for licensure must now have completed a training program of at least 500 hours in length, consisting of the following:
  • 200 hours taught by a licensed massage therapy instructor and dedicated to the study of massage therapy techniques and theory and the practice of manipulation of soft tissue, with at least 125 hours dedicated to the study of Swedish massage therapy techniques;
  • 50 hours of anatomy;
  • 25 hours of physiology;

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